HARRISBURG AREA COMMUNITY COLLEGE
BIOLOGY 121 SYLLABUS
Professor Charles L. Jeffrey
OF SUCCESSFUL STUDENTS
1. Put your name in your notebook. If it is lost, it can be returned to you.
2. Start studying now.
3. Use an active approach; don’t just read over your notes.
4. Cover and say: Read something you want to learn, then put your hand over what
you just read and try to say what's under your hand. Then look to see if you said
it right. If not, cover it and try again.
5. Put your terms one 3 x 5 card with the term on one side and the definition on the
reverse. Use them like flashcards.
6. Actively participate in lab; you won’t be evaluated on your lab partner’s
7. Consider picking a “note buddy” to compare notes after lecture. This will
also give you a backup if you are absent from class.
8. Go over your notes again as soon after class as possible; you may have
scribbled in haste, and you can correct them while the lecture is fresh in your
9. Recopy your notes into another format: type them, print them, or write them over
10. Look for additional resources that will supplement the lecture and class material.
You will find tutorials and links on the A & P webpage.
11. Consider making an audio recording of the lecture. This will allow you to correct
your notes, study in your car, and review the material.
12. Create practice test questions from the lecture material. Rehearse answering
13. Teach the material to someone else—a family member, a pet, a teddy bear.
Teaching is a powerful way to learn.
14. Don’t lend out your notes for any reason; go with your classmate to the copier.
(A certain lab assistant lost an entire semester of chemistry lab reports this way.)
15. Don’t feel guilty taking time away from your family to study.
16. Set a time limit for studying. Do not attempt to cram.
17. Reward yourself. Give yourself incentive; e.g., “when I finish this chapter, I can
call my friend on the phone.”